“Finding Thanks in the Messiness of Life” is the theme of the Pierre/Fort Pierre Ministerium annual Thanksgiving service and celebration. The event will be Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. at Lutheran Memorial Church, 320 E. Prospect Ave. A chili and cornbread meal will follow at 6 p.m.

“We are excited this year to have several community leaders as well as musical offerings by the Capital City Children’s Chorus. Scott Isburg, Ron Baumgart and Dan Bader will provide reflections of thanksgiving,” a news release says.

The service and meal are open to all people of Pierre and Fort Pierre.

“Each year, our congregations host a community Thanksgiving service in order to gather together to give God thanks for all the blessings of our lives,” a news release said.

The Pierre/Fort Pierre Ministerium is made up of pastors and church leaders from congregations all across our communities. About 25 pastors and other church leaders gather once a month to fellowship with each other and learn more about ways in which our churches can serve the wider communities of Pierre and Fort Pierre. The Ministerium works together to spread the “good news” in a wide variety of places. There are ministers who serve the nursing homes in the area, work in the prisons, provide spiritual leadership at the city commission and during legislative sessions. The ministerium works together to assist Pierre Area Referral Services and provide many hours of leadership and support on various boards through Pierre and Fort Pierre. Area pastors offer devotions on KCCR, work together to provide service with various community organizations who serve among the ‘least of these’ in the communities.

A free-will offering will be taken at the service and at the meal. Those gifts will be split 50/50 between the Pierre/Fort Pierre Ministerium and Pierre Area Referral Services. All are welcome.

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